Woodward Chartered Surveyors provide services from our RICS team to the Rickmansworth area.
Rickmansworth in Hertfordshire (postcode WD3) lies just inside the M25 motorway, to the north west of London and is also served by London's underground Metropolitan Line (Tube) and over-ground mainline railway network. The town sits in an area called Three Rivers, as it is served by the rivers Colne, Chess and Gade, as well as the Grand Union Canal.
There has been a settlement at Rickmansworth since at least 793. It received a Royal Charter in the Thirteenth Century and became a thriving Market Town. The watercourses gave rise to Rickmansworth’s importance in the cloth and paper manufacturing and other mill based industry.
Although the railway came in the 1860’s it was not initially successful and it was not until a while after the Metropolitan Line arrived in 1887 that the urbanisation of Rickmansworth began.
Rickmansworth is now a highly desirable commuter town, providing speedy access to London or the larger regional employment towns of Watford and Uxbridge. There is much to do, either in the bustling High Street or open areas for water sports at the Aquadrome, Golf or Cricket Clubs.
Architecturally Rickmansworth offers today the mix you would expect from the few timber-framed buildings of the 16th century and brick Georgian buildings that have survived around the core of the old High Street and Church Road, to mainly Victorian cottages, Edwardian houses, pre and inter-war suburban homes in the Cedars Estate, just a few minutes’ walk from the station. There are areas of substantial homes to the North, such as the 1920’s Loudwater Estate with examples by the renowned builder McNamara, and post-war to modern homes in and off The Drive.
For the large part, due to the age of the building stock, main issues surround dampness, usually penetrating through solid (as opposed to cavity) walls. A Chartered Surveyor will always be concerned with the associated effects dampness can have, for instance timber decay and rot, causing structural failure. Services such as electrics are often at the end of their serviceable life and care should be taken with many chimneys and roof coverings, in some cases one hundred years old and due for overhaul or replacement.
The town sits just outside the London Clay Basin and the dominant superficial soil being sand and gravel with a bedrock of Lewes and other chalks. Subject to individual local elements, subsidence and heave are not widespread issues.
Due to their age, many houses will have been “modernised” more than once in their life and a Building Survey will consider carefully the impact this has on the existing structure and what, if anything, needs to be specified to reverse ill-informed updates or what ongoing maintenance requirements might be.
If you need more information to help you decide which survey is right for your Rickmansworth property then please take a look at our property survey information videos or call us on 01923 920 950.
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Woodward Chartered Surveyors, Canal Level, Batchworth Lock House, 99 Church Street, Rickmansworth, WD3 1JJ
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